Exquisite Corps is inspired by storytelling and sees live performance as a collaboration between artists and audience. We start with the story, discovering its human truths and emotional core. From there, we create compelling and honest productions that turn the heart of the story into the world of the play. Through our holistic approach to storytelling, we hope to draw you into the world of the play as fully as possible. We invite you to see, feel and question along with us as we explore the human experience, telling a new story with every show we do. While we know that your experience will be unique to you, we hope that it will always feel exciting, moving and true.
Exquisite Corps: We start with the story and end where you take us.
In August 2009, Exquisite Corps presented its inaugural production of Love’s Fire: Seven Short Plays Based on Shakespeare’s Sonnets at the Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box in Watertown, MA. The company then produced Infinite Story (interconnected new plays)at Boston Playwright’s Theatre in September 2009 and a critically-acclaimed staged reading of The Two Gentlemen of Lebowski by Adam Bertocci at The Factory Theatre in February 2010. In April 2010, the company mounted its first full length play, Limonade tous les Jours by Charles L. Mee and directed by Artistic Director Louisa Richards at The Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box. Exquisite Corps closed its first season in September 2010 with the first installment in the [something] project, in which the company charged seven young directors with staging a scene from the play they would most like to direct if money were not object and the sky were the limit.
MEET THE CORPS
Exquisite Corps is: Louisa Richards, Adrienne Boris, Bob Mussett and Janelle Mills.
Adrienne Boris (Managing Director) is a director, producer and dramaturg of theatre and opera. Past directing credits with Ex Corps include: Terminating (Kushner) and The General of Hot Desire (Guare) for the company’s inaugural production of Love’s Fire in 2009, Peter Floyd’s Cracking Up in 2009’s Infinite Story, a staged reading of Adam Bertocci’s The Two Gentlemen of Lebowski in 2010 and scenes from Caryl Churchill’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play and part of 2010’s the [something] project. Adrienne also served as the Music Director on the company’s first full production, Limonade Tous les Jours by Charles L. Mee, directed by Louisa Richards.
As the resident stage director and co-producer at Opera Boston Underground, she has directed and co-produced new, site specific productions of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins (at The Lizard Lounge at Cambridge Common), Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (at Berklee’s Cafe 939) and Salieri’s First the Music, Then the Words at Emmanuel Church, a semi-staged production commissioned by First Night Boston. Other Boston directing credits include: Tragedy by Sean A. Cote with Red Level Circle, (finalist in the May 2011 FRINGE WARS) The Inner Coil of the Private Ear by Julie Ohl for Company One/SLAM Boston, a staged reading of The Christina Experiment by Deirdre Girard with Holland Production’s Inchworm Playreading Series, Isoscoles by Lynne S. Brandon for Another Country Productions/SLAMBoston. She has assistant directed for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, New Repertory Theatre, Geurilla Opera and Boston Opera Collaborative.
Next up for Adrienne: A semi-staged production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with MetroWest Opera. In February 2012, Adrienne looks forward to directing her first full length Ex Corps show, Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby.
Louisa Richards (Artistic Director) is a Boston based director, originally from Brookline. Louisa received a B.A. in Performing Arts from Goddard College and completed all three programs from the National Theater Institute at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. For Exquisite Corps, Louisa has directed pieces by Wendy Wasserstein and Eric Bogosian in the company’s inaugural production of Love’s Fire in 2009, The Human Noise by Jenna Clark Embry as part of the company’s Infinite Story: The Exquisite Corps Play Project. Louisa directed the company’s first full production, Limonade Tous les Jours by Charles L. Mee in April 2009. She staged a scene from Claudia Dey’s Trout Stanley as part of Ex Corps the [something] project: director’s cut in September 2010 and is currently directing a full production of the play, to premiere at The Factory Theatre from September 9-25. Other critically-acclaimed directing credits include: Maria Irene Fornes’ Mud (The Factory Theater), Chris Davis’ Spring Chicken or When I Flew the Coop (Hijinx Unlimited), Scott Welty’s Just Some Fatherly Advice (Boston Playwright’s Platform) which was award Audience’s Choice (Series A) and a staged reading of Meron Langsner’s The Devil’s Own Game as part of Holland Production’s Inchworm Playreading Series.
Janelle Mills (Artistic Associate) launched into acting after taking classes at the Harvard Extension School. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in English Literature. Janelle has had the opportunity to work with a wonderful assortment of Boston area theatre companies: The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Stoneham Theatre, The Publick Theatre, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Apollinaire, The Factory Theatre, Molasses Tank, and Small World Big Sky. Favorite roles include Mae in Mud (The Factory Theatre) and La Braukmann in The Conquest of the South Pole (Molasses Tank). She also had the great privilege of being a part of the IRNE winning Ensemble for The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Stage).
Bob Mussett (Director of Operations) is a Boston-area actor/producer. Recent roles include The Writer in The Good Doctor and Lingk in Glengarry Glen Ross (both with Independent Drama Society), and Wilson in The Mistakes Madeline Made (Holland Productions). He also works with new play development through WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Laboratory, the O’Neill Young Playwrights’ Festival, and Boston’s Playwrights’ Platform. He is co-founder of Exquisite Corps Theatre Company; for which recent projects include the [something] project: director’s cut (Officer, Duncan, co-producer), and Limonade Tous les Jours (producer).
Alison Naturale (Creative Director) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and artist. She has been working with Exquisite Corps since 2010, crafting all of the promotional materials for such productions as Limonade tous les Jours by Charles L. Mee, the [something] project, and Trout Stanley, by Claudia Dey. She has recently expanded her involvement with Exquisite Corps’, redesigning their logo and building this new website for the launch of their second season. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she has also worked at Drawn + Quarterly, a comic book and art book publisher in Montreal, Quebec, assisted artist Daniel Peltz with public art projects in Denver, Colorado, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and taught comics classes at Massachusetts College of Art. To see more of her work, please check out her online portfolio at www.alisonnaturale.com.